Album review
Ghetto Revolution

Tracking list

  1. Ghetto Revolution
  2. Jah Will Be There
  3. That's Why
  4. The Truth Is Revealing
  5. Don't Say
  6. Just Fine
  7. Don't Waste Time
  8. I Want You
  9. Love The Little Children
  10. Have You
  11. Live It Up
  12. Won't Stop
  13. So Serious
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4/5

Miguel Collins aka Sizzla received his fiery appellation from Jamstyle producer Homer Harris who discovered him whilst still at school, and the name is appropriate: Sizzla, his words burning down wickedness wherever it applies. Like many other artists at the forefront of Jamaica's roots movement, including Capleton, Jah Cure and Anthony B., Sizzla's militant rasta stance is expressed through his adherance to Prince Emmanuel's priestly Bobo Shanti order whose affiliates often wear the turban and carry the broom. In 1996 Phillip "Fatis" Burrell issued Sizzla's debut album 'Burning Up' but Sizzla's major breakthrough came with the release in 1997 of the now classic album, 'Black Woman and Child'. Bearing all the hallmarks of Bobby 'Digital' Dixon's dancehall-influenced production, the impact on both the reggae and mainstream markets was phenomenal. Sizzla has since released several albums, including 1998's 'Kalonji' (Jestar), which saw the single "Rain Shower" play listed at Radio One and last year's 'Rastafari Teach I Everything'. He has an ability to fuse passionate lyrical styling with deceptively simple rhythms that take in range of genres from staccato dancehall and gentle roots reggae to surprisingly commercial R&B and soul arrangements.
Sizzla's latest album "Ghetto Revolution" sees the young firebrand develop and mature whilst still drawing on his Bobo Ras beliefs. Continuing to command respect and court controversy, Sizzla offers no apology for his thought provoking lyrics, his disregard of authority and angry attacks on politicians and the system that maintains injustice. He continues to deliver a thought provoking journey and insight into Jamaican culture, ghetto livity and the religious teachings of his Bobo Ras faith. In contrast with his other "Fatis" Burrell produced albums this new CD includes fewer hardcore dancehall tunes and more slow paced, R&B flavored (lovers!) tunes and some straight forward reggae riddims, expertly delivered by Sly and Robbie, Donald Dennis, Dean Fraser and Robert Murphy, to name but a few. The title track is one of his best tracks ever, delivered across a groovy riddim, followed by Jah Will Be There (a version of Dennis Brown's "Here I Come") which happens to be a mellow and jazzy flavored tune. That's Why sees Sizzla inna lovers mood across Dennis Brown's 'Have You Ever' riddim. The next track, the stunning The Truth Is Revealing, is an undisputed highlight of the album. With Don't Say his mood gets furious, but Just Fine is a fine lovers ballad. I Want You sees Sizzla once again proclaiming his love and need for "his lady". Next comes our favorite track of the album, the anti abortion song Love The Little Children. The song Live It Up flows gently across the bass line of Dennis Brown's "Revolution" while dancehall emerges on Won't Stop and So Serious.
Ghetto Revolution captures Sizzla inna mellow mood as the album includes several lovers tunes. The noteworthy production of "Fatis" manages to create a musical variety which will appeal to a lot of his fans. Not a mindblowing album when first heard, but definitely one that grows after several playing sessions. So, check it out!

Teacher & Mr. T.